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Nola Ice in Sherman Oaks - anyone been?

Okay I tried their "New Orleans style" shaved ice over the weekend, and I just didn't get it. Shaved ice, liquid flavorings that I assume were concocted in a lab (someone correct me if I'm wrong) - all sorts of inventive flavors, but it seemed like $3 or $4 for a lotta nothing.

Am I missing something?

They were nice people though.

What I wouldn't do for a real Italian ice. And no, I wasn't expecting this to be one, but still, what I wouldn't do....

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  1. I called and they don't have sugar free flavors.

    Well pooey ond yooey, Nola. I'm driving all the way to shave it, then. They have AMAZING sugar free flavors, like Melona, Banana, Mango, Passion Fruit, root beer, rasperry, watermelon, bubblegum and more!

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    1. re: Diana

      Diana - Nola Ice now has sugar free flavors. No need to drive all the way to Shave it!

      1. re: erine

        what flavors do they, I mean you all, have, Erin Earls? I'd like to check it out!

    2. Yeah, I just went the other day. Wasn't expecting much, but then tried it and loved it. I mean, i was expecting a sno-cone and this was much better, the flavor stuck to the ice rather than settle to the bottom. Some of the flavors are fantastic, and so much more convenient than driving all the way to ShaveIt. :)

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        1. re: mar52

          13569 Ventura Blvd.

          Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

          (818) 817-9373

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          Nola Ice
          13569 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

          1. re: Suebee

            Thank you!

            I'll be there tomorrow!

          2. re: mar52

            Next door to the Coffee Roaster, just east of Woodman, north side of Ventura Blvd.

        2. I went there last week and loved it! I'm a big fan of Hawaian Shaved Ice so this is right up my alley. The flavors are great! They have a Red Velvet Cake flavor and it tastes just like it! The owner is really nice and appreciative for business.

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          1. re: bosanova99

            I searched hard for this thread since I was just craving some shaved ice. I just got back from giving it a try. First off the owners are very nice people form New Orleans, they god for Chowhound since they read this to and are open minded. To bad you cant please everyone since they dont have sugar free but hey the ice isn't fatening. I sampled the Red Velvet Cake and didn't get the flavor I was after and ended up buying a strawberry cheescake flavored ice which was very refreshing. On a hot summer day especially I would return, you cant beat the $3.00 price and the flavored syrup did go nice while crunching on the ice.

            My two cents,

            Stuart

            1. re: Hypnotic23

              Ironically one owner is my daughter's neighbor! They relocated after Katrina and seem to be very nice people.I'm happy to hear such good reports, we'll have to drop in.

              1. re: compucook

                Hi there! Neither of the owners are Los Angeles natives,however they've both been here for a long time. Perhaps it's a family member of your daughter's neighbor that relocated....

              2. re: Hypnotic23

                Stuart,

                Te huge amounts of sugar in the regular syrups will g right to fat (stored energy in the bod is fat) unless you exercise vigorously within 1/2 hr after eating it.

                Sugra is calories, same amount per gram as fat, calories unused by the body is stored as fat for "later use". Fat free is NOT calorie free, and thus can make one just as fat.

                My two cents: No, the ice isn't fattening, but regular sugary syrups ARE.

                Some people are OK with that, and that's fine. But if I can get yumminess that is also sugar free, oh heck yea, it's worth going out of my way for.

                1. re: Hypnotic23

                  Perfect dessert following a burger or salmon/corn puree dish or maybe after a Monday night of fried chicken at the Boneyard Bistro in the next block east of it.

              3. Okay, I've been there twice. I love shaved ice!

                With all of those flavors I got the same thing both times... Margarita which is basically a lemon-lime flavor. Very refreshing!

                I know the rent has to be horrendous. I'd love to see them sharing a corner of someone else's store to save on the rent. They really don't need an entire store for shaved ice.

                They would also do better west of Van Nuys because there is more walk by traffic.

                Bring in Boudin and I'll be there daily!

                Great idea and I wish them well!

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                1. re: mar52

                  I'm very excited about this place. It's nice to have the option of shaved ice in this valley heat!

                  1. re: FoodLover92

                    I think they would do well catering parties.

                    I've seen ice cream bars and capaccino carts. I think shaved ice at a party would be great!

                  2. re: mar52

                    Mom's BBQ is somewhat nearby and sometimes has boudin.

                    14062 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405 (Mom's Bar Be Cue House)

                    1. re: Hershey Bomar

                      Thank you!

                      I'll have to give it a try on one of my lunch breaks.

                        1. re: bosanova99

                          Two gereral categories, French and derived from them the Cajun version which is typically a sausage made from pork, rice, green onions and spices. You sqeeze out the filling and wash down with some good beer! YUM!!!